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Lead Found in Some Lipsticks

12:26 PM MDT | October 22, 2007 | Kate Phillips

New product tests on several brand-name, U.S.-manufactured lipsticks show that more than half contain high levels of lead, says the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC; San Francisco), a coalition of health and environmental groups. Tests on 33 red lipsticks, which were conducted by an independent laboratory, reported that 61% contained lead levels of 0.03-0.65 parts per million, CSC says. The lipsticks did not list lead as an ingredient, it says. Some 39% of the lipsticks tested did not detect levels of lead, CSC says. The FDA, which has not set a limit for lead in...

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